by Phil D. Jay
WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin faces former world title holder Hasim Rahman on September 29 knowing that a victory could lead him into some huge paydays in the top division.
The 32 year-old has been forced to wait to defend his title after Rahman suffered a hand injury in the build-up to their previous arrangement and has now been out of the ring for six months since scoring a majority decision over 200lb WBO champion Marco Huck.
There had been question marks over the validity of the inactive Rahman gaining his fifth chance at a world belt, although Povektin remains unfazed and is ready to deal with what is in front of him next month.
I was not surprised when Rahman was made mandatory as he is a great fighter. He has fought real people and beat Lennox Lewis so I wont underestimate him.
We have video of him, but he is too fat so maybe that has changed.
Povetkin gained the WBA title with victory over Ruslan Chagaev a year ago and has since defended it against Cedric Boswell as well as his victory over Huck. The Russian Knight is now open to the prospect of a rematch with the German and told WBN that some of the bigger names in the division are also on his radar.
I am definitely ready for a Klitschko, but I am also interested in fighting Haye in England, that is a most interesting contest.
I have the outstanding question with Huck and the rematch is another possibility. I also rate Chris Arreola from America as the highest of all the current heavyweights coming through so there are lots of possibilities.
I hope to fight again in 2012 after I have taken care of the mandatory situation, he added.
Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.netTags: Hasim Rahman , Alexander Povetkin , Povetkin-Rahman , Povetkin vs Rahman